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Following the purchase of a 'Marian Martin' pattern which came with its original postal envelope, I became interested in the company and did a bit of research online. I was delighted to read a comment on the post from Helene, who worked as an Editor at Reader Mail from 1978 to 1983.She told me that my post was the first time she had read anything online about her former workplace, and intrigued, I contacted her to find out a little more.
At the time I retrieved this information at the New York Public Library in 1986, I was unaware of the other company names.
The first of the group of New York City pattern companies responsible for the Laura Wheeler and Alice Brooks needlework patterns, the Anne Adams and Marian Martin clothing patterns, and others, was incorporated August 13, 1928, and did not use a byline with its features in the beginning (see later). Superior Needlework patterns, numbered in the 100 and 300 series, were sold in stores (including J. Penney) rather than by mail-order through periodicals, and seem to date in the 1940s and 1950s.
As a group, the companies are a tangled web of names and addresses. I have found pattern envelopes with and without the 17th St. addresses [It is not known exactly how the Eighth Avenue, West 14th Street, and Sixth Avenue addresses were utilized for receiving mail in relation to the West 17th and 18th addresses that were across the street from the Old Chelsea Station post office, but the additional addresses had a definite purpose.
From their inception, the features created by the various companies were distributed in the United States by King Features Syndicate, Inc., a division of the Hearst Corporation. The company's trademark registrations in 19 and New York State incorporation records serve to tie them together as part of one company The companies were unique in that they created dress and needlework pattern lines that would compete against each other in the same city.
The New York State Division of Corporations provides the answer to the connection between, and the final story of, our Laura Wheeler / Alice Brooks patterns, the Reader Mail name, and the Hearst Corporation. The numerous addresses also allowed King Features to supply two, three, or more of the various features to a single newspaper, each one of which appeared to be from a different source.
For example, the in Madison subscribed to three of the above features in 1940--Alice Brooks, Marian Martin, and the home service booklets.
All three ads were published on the same page, September 16th, but each ad had a different New York City mailing address Except for his 1942 draft registration card, 1972 obituary, and a 1986 record fourteen years after his death, George Goldsmith's name has not been located in connection with the company he founded.
Is this Anne Borne, the only woman identified with the upper management of Household Arts, creators of the Alice Brooks needlework patterns? Goldsmith, wife of Reader Mail's founder, George F. Dotts of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, a 1950 graduate from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, was employed as a commercial artist for Reader Mail, Inc., in 1950-1951. He served with the Marines in World War I."A 1955 airline passenger list includes Alexander Burnham, Spencer Douglas, and their families returning to New York City from Montego Bay, Jamaica, where the Burnham's had a home, suggesting that both men were working for Reader Mail in the 1950s. For more than 40 years, Douglas' staff of 200 men and women have been turning out thousands of patterns daily for the more than 1,000 newspapers which offer them through their pages, emphasizing that his is a feature service exclusively for newspapers and not retail outlets." During the course of the article, he identified Ginny Stutzlen* as the head designer and a long-time associate, and Aida Branda* as director of personal service.
Goldsmith, and described in 1930 as a "patterns stylist? She was identified in the announcement of her marriage in the "secretary-treasurer of Reader Mail, Inc., distributor of syndicated dress and needlework patterns to periodicals. () Further investigation revealed that Spencer Douglas was married to the Burnham's daughter Mimi (1922-2002). He told the story that a Mansfield, Louisiana, housewife had recently written the "'Finally [Miss Branda] found a dingy photostat of the old design, so we reproduced the pattern and sent it to the woman--and we returned the 25 cents she had sent to cover the 10 cents cost of the pattern and handling expenses in effect 37 years ago.'""that of the millions of pattern orders his firm receives, his employees have the pattern on its way to 75 per cent of the seamstresses the same day 'and the other 25 percent are mailed the next morning.' He has devised a trade-secret system for sorting the mail which brought postal officials into his plant to take notes." and that a single newspaper ad could generate as many as 58,000 responses.
Spencer Douglas was born October 5, 1918, and retired to Boca Raton, Florida, in 1984 where his wife died in 2002, but little else is known about him."president of the world's largest mail-order pattern operation. A long-time postal worker at Old Chelsea Station remembers pushing a large, wheeled mail cart across the street at least once a day.
When postal workers found loose coins on the floor, they tossed them into the cart on the assumption they had fallen out of one of the envelopes addressed to the pattern company.
There were several other floors in the building, which I never visited.